Thank you to everyone who attended MUSE's 34th season opening concert RISE! on November 19 and 20, 2016 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center! Special thanks to our fabulous guest performers Emma’s Revolution, the duo of award-winning activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O., and to Eva Floyd, PhD, Interim Director for this concert.
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MUSE opened its 34th Season with a collection of current and traditional protest songs showcasing the choir’s signature blend of inspiration, advocacy, humor and heart. From “Fired Up” by Holly Near, “Wage Peace” by Jennifer Stasack and “Mahk Jchi” (as performed by Native American trio Ulali) to “Which Side Are You On” (union worker protest), “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” (as performed by Julia Easterlin) and “Still I Rise” by Dr. Rosephanye Powell, the concert featured songs embraced by Black Lives Matter, Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, education and health reform, the anti-war movement and more.
Emma’s Revolution took the stage for the second half of the program, performing several songs together with MUSE. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, Emma’s Revolution creates new standards in the art and culture of social justice. The duo tours 200 days a year and, in the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution,” Emma's Revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad.
Eva Floyd, PhD, Interim Director for the 2016 fall concert, is an associate professor of choral music education at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her active role in Cincinnati’s choral community includes charter membership in the Young Professionals Choral Collective, founding and conducting both the Cincinnati Homeschool Choir and the CCM Community Women’s Chamber Choir.